- a weedy composite plant, Taraxacum officinale, having edible, deeply toothed or notched leaves, golden-yellow flowers, and rounded clusters of white, hairy seeds.
- any other plant of the genus Taraxacum.
Origin of dandelion
Examples from the Web for dandelion
Feel really guilty about having maybe just caused the greatest natural disaster ever on Dandelion World X177782.
Turn to your companion to voice this worry, but then instead get distracted by a dandelion.
But regular broccoli will do; also rough greens—spinach, kale, dandelion greens, Swiss chard.Overrated/Underrated: Food, Glorious and Otherwise
June 1, 2012
His palace was as yellow a home as a dandelion to a bee, but not half so sweet.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
Her hair was soft, soft and white as a puppy's, soft and white like the down from a dandelion.One Martian Afternoon
You braid it just like we braid the daisy stems and the dandelion stems in the fields.Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
It is found in the tuber of the dahlia, in the dandelion, and some other plants.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry
The Queen's throne was a dandelion flower and a regal throne it was.Seven Little People and their Friends
Horace Elisha Scudder
- a plant, Taraxacum officinale, native to Europe and Asia and naturalized as a weed in North America, having yellow rayed flowers and deeply notched basal leaves, which are used for salad or wine: family Asteraceae (composites)
- any of several similar related plants
Word Origin and History for dandelion
early 15c., earlier dent-de-lioun (late 14c.), from Middle French dent de lion, literally "lion's tooth" (from its toothed leaves), translation of Medieval Latin dens leonis. Other folk names, like tell-time refer to the custom of telling the time by blowing the white seed (the number of puffs required to blow them all off supposedly being the number of the hour), or to the plant's more authentic diuretic qualities, preserved in Middle English piss-a-bed and French pissenlit.